Created during remote Artist in Residence (rAiR) with the City of Greater Dandenong, "Arts and Crafts" focuses on the story of the everyday life of people during the chaotic beginning of 2020, and how people turned to art and craft mediums to contribute to relief, keep entertained and express themselves in trying times.

 

The series is titled within quotation marks to reference the way in which arts and crafts are often grouped and dismissed of importance, despite the proven mental health benefits of an art or craft practice and contribution to the relief of trauma.

The lacework was made from the handed down crochet cottons of my lace making great-grandmother. Each diorama features architecture inspired by housing within the Greater Dandenong region, activities represented were sourced through digital community consultation

"Arts and Crafts"
(2020)
Arts and Crafts I

2020

Heirloom crochet cotton, embroidery thread, acetate, watercolour paper

180 x 110 x 160 mm

 
Arts and Crafts II

2020

Heirloom crochet cotton, embroidery thread, acetate, watercolour paper

180 x 110 x 160 mm